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Women from Israel and Palestine are ready to produce a brand new line of fashions. They call their partnership "Two Neighbors".
137 backers pledged $10,598 to help bring this project to life.

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Israeli and Palestinian women have combined their efforts and their cultures to produce a new line of handmade elite fashion. Each unique piece in the collection unites traditional Palestinian embroidery with modern fabrics and styles, creating a striking blend of the old and the new.  Our project is to actually produce our first fashion collection. The Kickstarter campaign allows us to purchase the fabric and thread for this collection.

Two Neighbors Evening Gowns
Two Neighbors Evening Gowns
Evening Gown close-up
Evening Gown close-up

Our Story

A Palestinian, an Israeli and a retired American couple met in Beit Jala..... It may sound like the beginning of a joke, but to us, it was the beginning of a partnership filled with hope for a peaceful future, because despite the many tensions and history of conflict, we are still Two Neighbors who should be able to coexist in peace. We first met at a Global Village Square event in the small border town of Beit Jala between Israel and the Palestinian Territories - one of the few places where Israelis and Palestinians are free to meet on equal grounds. At the meeting, we shared the feeling that we had all been waiting for peace to happen for far too long and decided to become proactive in the process in any way we could.

Global Village Square gathering on border between Israel and Palestinian Territories
Global Village Square gathering on border between Israel and Palestinian Territories

Our Vision

After many subsequent meetings and hours of deliberation, we decided that the best way for us to make a positive impact would be to demonstrate our willingness to work together to create products that integrate our different cultures. It was also a priority for us that Two Neighbors would benefit the people involved in the project, by creating jobs and providing new sources of income and fostering cross-cultural exchanges.

Our Designs

We ultimately decided to showcase traditional Palestinian embroidery on a range of modern products and fashion wear. In this way, we could provide much needed work for women in impoverished Palestinian villages and limited income Israeli seamstresses.  We created a vibrant line of high fashion dresses and innovative textile products, which highlight both Palestinian embroidery and Israeli craftsmanship.

Two Neighbors Sheath Dresses
Two Neighbors Sheath Dresses
New Colors Available!!!
New Colors Available!!!
Close-up of the Embroidery
Close-up of the Embroidery
Two Neighbors Tote Bag
Two Neighbors Tote Bag
Two Neighbors Peace Sleeves
Two Neighbors Peace Sleeves

The Two Neighbors project combines the motifs of traditional embroidery from Palestinian culture with the modern design of Israeli culture, resulting in exquisitely unique products that are full of soul.

Hand made embroidery
Hand made embroidery

We have been working hard to create a positive impact on Israeli-Palestinian relations, but we can't do it without you! We need your help to spread the word about this project so that we can share these beautiful creations with the world!  

How can you help?  Pledging support to our project will allow us to actually produce our first collection - creating jobs for the women involved in our process of creating unique products. But pledging is not the only way to support us.  By sharing this project on Facebook, Twitter and everywhere else you will help spread the word about these wonderful creations and the unlikely yet beautiful partnership between Two Neighbors.

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 Two Neighbors Size Chart

 Learn more at www.TwoNeighbors.com

Risks and challenges

Since our inception in 2010, many women have been involved, first working on their partnership and then on designing new products together. This past year, we at Two Neighbors have been working tirelessly to finalize the many elements of design: renovating the traditional embroidery techniques; training the women from the villages to use modern fabrics and silk threads; and working to unite the time-honored patterns with modern cuts and styles.
Our biggest issue in the future will be the directed marketing of our products. We want to share our vision with people who are interested in both quality fashion wear and social issues. Despite our wish to demonstrate and encourage productive collaboration between the neighbors on either side of the conflict, we are aware that we will face much scrutiny for our ambitions. It is our hope that you will share the Two Neighbors Kickstarter project and help us reach those who would like to aid our efforts.

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    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    We are thrilled by your support! Receive a trilingual "Thank You Postcard", Thank you/Shukran/Toda, signed by our women.

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    Receive 2 Peace Sleeves. We have created these beautiful, reusable sleeves to hold your coffee on the go. They are hand-embroidered by our Palestinian women and sewn by our Israeli ladies. These coffee "conversation starters" will remind the world that peace is up to us!

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    Receive 1Designer Tote Bag. You will love this hand-embroidered bag, and carry our dreams of peace with you everywhere you go!

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    Foe Israeli and Palestinian supporters (no additional shipping costs) Receive 1 Designer Tote Bag. You will love this hand-embroidered bag, and carry our dreams of peace with you everywhere you go!

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    Pledge US$ 160 or more About US$ 160

    Receive 1Designer Sheath Dress in your choice of style and size. These striking dresses combine handmade embroidery with a modern design and impeccable craftsmanship to complement any woman’s body. See size chart for exact measurements.

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    For Israeli and Palestinian supporters (no additional shipping) Receive 1 Designer Sheath Dress in your choice of style and size. These striking dresses combine handmade embroidery with a modern design and impeccable craftsmanship to complement any woman’s body. See size chart for exact measurements.

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    Pledge US$ 180 or more About US$ 180

    Receive 1 Evening Wear Designer Dress (floor-length )in choice of style and size. These striking dresses combine handmade embroidery with a modern design and impeccable craftsmanship to complement any woman’s body. See size chart for exact measurements.

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    Pledge US$ 180 or more About US$ 180

    For Israeli and Palestinian supporters (no additional shipping) Receive 1 Evening Wear Designer Dress (floor-length )in choice of style and size. These striking dresses combine handmade embroidery with a modern design and impeccable craftsmanship to complement any woman’s body. See size chart for exact measurements.

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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Receive 1 Designer Dress (sheath or evening style) + Thank You Postcard + 2 Peace Sleeves + 1 Designer Tote Bag

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    Receive 2 Designer Dresses (any combination sheath and evening style) + 2 Designer Tote Bags, + Thank You Postcard + 2 Peace Sleeves

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Receive the "Gift of Donating" a trip to the beach for the ladies and their families from both sides of the conflict. Includes: transportation to and from the beach; Israeli entry permits for Palestinians; lunch and activities for the families to share together. This trip would provide a break from the daily grind for these hard-working women to come together and share a trip to the beach - a unique opportunity for many Palestinians who have never been to the beach

    + 2 Designer Dresses (any style) + Thank You Postcard + 4 Peace Sleeves + 2 Designer Tote Bags.

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